The hottest time of year to visit Spain, both temperature wise and by popularity is undoubtedly in the summer. With all the sandy beaches, amazing architecture, and outdoor markets, Spain in the summer is pretty much a dream come true. However, given that it's a whole ocean away it hasn't always been the easiest to get to. Fortunately, WestJet just launched their first flights from Toronto to Barcelona, Spain just in time for summer.
This new route is meant to help unlock more European destinations for Canadians. In a press release about the new route, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said: "This flight between Barcelona and Toronto complements our existing Toronto-London (Gatwick) service in providing our guests with another non-stop flight to a popular European tourism and financial centre."
On the flipside, he also said, "In addition, Europeans looking to travel to Canada this summer now have even greater access to the greater WestJet network through our Toronto hub."
The new route goes from Toronto's Pearson Airport to Barcelona's El-Prat Airport. The direct flights will fly three times a week to Spain, leaving at 10:05 PM ET. They will also fly three times a week back to Toronto, leaving at 1:20 PM in Barcelona time. This schedule will last until October 21, 2019. After that WestJet will stop flying direct to Barcelona until May 22, 2020.
The news of WestJet's new route to Barcelona first came out back in October 2018, even though it just launched and had it's inaugural flight yesterday. In that announcement, representatives from both the Toronto and Barcelona airports praised the new route.
Kim Stangeby, who's the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said at the time, "next spring, Toronto Pearson passengers will have another option for non-stop travel to Europe with WestJet's upcoming service to Barcelona." She continued saying, "international destinations continue to be in high demand for travellers in the region and we're excited to be able to provide additional connectivity to this vibrant city."
Meanwhile, on Spain's side of things, Sonia Corrochano, Barcelona-El Prat Airport Director, said "I am sure that this new service WestJet offers from Toronto to Barcelona will further increase the links between Spain and Canada, and will place Catalonia among the favourite destinations for Canadians, and as their gateway to the Mediterranean."
This new route will likely be a game changer since a lot of Canadians are already visiting Spain every year. In fact, two years ago, 2017 was a record-breaking year for the country as over 80 million tourists visited there. Of that, nearly half a million of them came from Canada.